Jan 31, 2013 5:30pm PST
entered the arena. chuck hagel, the purple heart recipient from the vietnam war, the former senator, nominated to be secretary of defense. his former colleagues met him with a fuselage of critical questions today, and abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl tells us about the fiery day. >> reporter: he's a vietnam veteran and former republican senator, but today chick hagel found himself and his judgment under attack by a fellow republican and vietnam vet. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be -- >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since -- >> since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> well, let the record show that you refused to answer that question. >> reporter: hagel eventually did answer, standing by his words on the iraq war, and revealing something about the kind of defense secretary he hopes to be. >> i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. so -- i did question a surge. this going to be worth the sa
Feb 1, 2013 4:00am EST
for president's nominee for secretary of defense. forrer republican senator chuck hagel got hammered by fellow republicans during his confirmation hearing. he's still expected to be confirmed but his appearance could have bon stronger. danielle nottingham has this report. >> reporter: senator john mccain grilled chuck hagel about his opposition to the troop surge in iraq. >> and your refusal to answer whether you were right or wrong about it is going to have an impact on my judgment as to whether to vote for your confirmation or not. >> reporter: some republicans have said they won't support hagel. he tried to address their concern. >> i'm on the record many times in speeches and on the floor of the senate. in the book i wrote in 2008 says iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. >> reporter: hagel served as senator from nebraska for eight earring. during that time he made comments that are still under scrutiny. >> where we've been intimidated by the lobby to do something dumb. >> i can't give you any example. >> thank you. do you agree you shouldn't have said something like is that? >> yes, i do
Feb 1, 2013 7:00am EST
gutierrez in midland city, alabama. now here's matt. >>> put to a vote some time last week after hagel was met with sharp questions on either side of the aisle. capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more on that. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding any alarm bells. officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who, as you point out, is a republican who spent 12 years here in the senate representing nebraska. that should have made him very familiar with hearing that can get contentious, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iranian government as a legitimate government. i want your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say is it's recognizable, is recognized at the united nations. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'm a strong supporter of israel. i have been.
Feb 1, 2013 6:00am PST
clinton is out. john kerry is in as secretary of state. chuck hagel, a republican who would garner bipartisan support you would think is under fire. senator john kerry takes the oat asset of state replacing hillary clinton who heads off to retirement with a question lingering: will she run for president? >> i am going to get back to my life. this is going to be new for me. why go how i will react. >> senator john kerry takes over the state department after cruising to confirmation from the senate, president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. on thursday, former republican senator hagel, a vietnam verb took fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i am not going for give you a yes-or-no answer --. >> refuse to answer that? >> he was hammered by g.o.p. senators who believe he is soft on iran and too tough on israel and grilled about referring
Feb 1, 2013 6:00pm EST
so far. president obama spec for defense secretary chuck hagel faced a torrent of questions and criticism over his foreign policy stance thursday during his senate confirmation hearing. he has seen opposition from within his own republican party for failing to adequately back the party line on israel and iran. hegel was attacked during the hearing for earlier comments that were perceived as critical of israel. this is south carolina senator lindsey graham. >> you said the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people. senator.itand israelis i cannot think of a more provocative thing to say about the relationship between the united states and israel and the senate or congress and which you said. do you agree with me you should not have said something like that? >> yes, i've already said that. >> he also faced a grilling from longtime friend and senate colleague arizona senator john mccain over his views on iraq war. >> were you correct or incorrect when he said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? correct or incorrect? yes or
Feb 1, 2013 7:00am PST
senator chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense will be put to a vote some time next week. this after hagel was met with sharp questions from both sides of the aisle during his confirmation hearing on thursday. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding alarm bells but officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who served in the senate for 12 years, a republican from nebraska, and you would think that would make him very familiar with confirmation hearings, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iran nan government as a legitimate government and i would like your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say, should have said, it's recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized at the un. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'